Dominic Chalk and Robert Sadler are the new Ipswich Rangers Rugby Union team coaches.
Dominic Chalk and Robert Sadler are the new Ipswich Rangers Rugby Union team coaches. Claudia Baxter

Rangers to rule the roost in inter city encounter

IPSWICH hosts the Battle of the Rangers against their Toowoomba namesakes at Woodend tomorrow.

It will be the Ipswich first grade team's third hit-out of the season and last before the Brisbane Subdistricts' Barber Cup begins in a fortnight.

The match will provide some insight into how ready Rangers are to begin their title defence and how they have responded to new coach Rob Sadler.

"It's looking pretty promising," fullback Tom Dwyer said.

"We had good numbers to training on Tuesday night."

Dwyer is confident in Rangers' form and the way in which the team is responding to the new coach, despite a pre-season affected by the heavy rains.

"We went well in both our trials," he said.

"We've got a new coach and new structures but everything looks like it's going to be pretty good.

"We're all pumped for another good season.

"Due to the fields, we haven't had a lot of team training sessions.

"Hopefully we get our new structures happening and get everything together."

Former coach, now director of coaching, Mike McLean, is a former player and almost part of the furniture at the club.

In his five years in charge, he led the club to multiple titles so Sadler faced a tough task following him.

However, Dwyer said there had been nothing but positive feedback about the new mentor.

"It's not that we were stale," he said. "But it is good to have a change.

"He seems like a really good bloke.

"Everyone's getting along really well.

"He's coached a lot so obviously knows how to go about it and is good at people management too."

On the field, Rangers will bear a similar look to last season, to start with at least.

"We've had a couple of (player) losses but it looks like a similar team," Dwyer said.

"The coach has found out a bit how we did things last year.

"He's trying to elaborate on what is already there."

The match begins at 3pm at Woodend Park.



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